The resident farmer feeds a lamb at White Lotus Farm & Inn in Port Ludlow
Farm fun for the whole family
With cross-country and international travel still a ways off for many families, we are looking close to home for a much-needed change of scenery. Enter a fresh crop of destinations: nearby family farms. A farm stay, also known as agritourism, involves staying on a real working farm and immersing your fam into the charms of rural life.
Farm-stay digs generally involve a cottage or guesthouse of some sort, with some farms also offering suites, tents, yurts or RV camping sites. Many specifically welcome families, inviting kids — and their grown-ups! — to partake in the multitude of chores and activities that make up the bustle of farming life. Imagine cooking meals with produce plucked right out of the garden, cuddling fluffy chicks and bottle-feeding baby goats. Some farms have a specialty focus, offering experiences such as cheesemaking, horseback riding and fishing.
We’ve hand-picked seven farm-fresh stays around Washington — no crossing state lines required — where the whole family can enjoy a refreshing change of scenery and even pick up some new skills. Use the arrows above the image to check out the farms.